Interview Tips & Tricks

Here, interviews are a two-way street. We want to get to know you, but we also want to be sure you walk away knowing us, too.

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Make a Good First Impression

If you’re like most students we talk to, you want to know what to expect during your interviews and what we’re looking for in you. Here, interviews are a two-way street. We want to get to know you, but we also want to be sure you walk away knowing us, too.

Did you Know?

  • You don’t need to dress up to impress us. Wear whatever makes you most comfortable.
  • You’ll meet with your potential coworkers and team. Ask us questions. We’re the best way to find out what it’s really like to work here.
  • You’ll typically meet for up to an hour each with three to six people during your interviews. Come well-rested and eat a good breakfast!
  • You’ll have a chance to look around. We'll make sure you have time to see campus and get a feel for the area that may soon become your home.

Resume Tips

We know you've honed your resume to a fine polish. Still, these tips may just provide the extra assistance you need to put your best foot forward.

  • Summarize your relevant education, experience, and projects. Skip the things that are outdated or irrelevant.
  • Highlight your accomplishments in previous jobs or projects, not just your duties or responsibilities. Everyone has job duties; it’s how you approached them and what you accomplished in carrying them out that makes you stand out.
  • Show progression. Whether it’s in school, leadership roles or your work, highlight how your experience has helped you grow.
  • Talk about related extracurricular or volunteer work. Just because you weren’t paid for it, that doesn’t mean it’s not important!
  • Include links to projects you’ve worked on. This gives the recruiter a better idea of how you put your skills into practice.
  • It’s okay to use more than one page. That said, be sure your summaries are succinct and relevant—and your most important information appears on the first page.
  • Make sure your resume and contact information is completely up-to-date. To be safe, also include non-school contact info so we can reach you on breaks or after graduation.
  • Be honest. Paint the best possible picture of yourself, but don’t exaggerate. And proofread for typos and errors—more than once!
  • Please submit resumes in English only.

Be Prepared

Will you find the right mix of satisfying work, great projects and exciting challenges at Microsoft? Do you have the drive and determination to help us succeed? That's what our interview process is designed to find out.

  • Be ready to discuss your strengths, expertise and any experience that appears on your resume.
  • Review what you know, such as the job description. Look online for websites, blogs and other online communities related to the group or position.
  • Come prepared with 3 to 5 meaningful questions for your interviewers. Questions demonstrate your level of understanding, your interests and your passions—and help you learn about the company. So don’t hold back.
  • Interviewing can be intense both physically and mentally. To be at your best on interview day, make sure you are well-rested.
  • Dress comfortably. We’re interested in you, not what you wear.
  • Relax and be yourself. It’s easier said than done, but we want to meet the real you.
  • We’re interested in how your mind works. Be ready to show your thinking and explain how you came up with a solution to a technical issue, design question, or problem-solving puzzle.
  • Remember, your interview is an opportunity for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. Ask questions. Listen. Learn.
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Be ready to discuss your strengths and any experience that appears on your resume.

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